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ERIC Number: EJ1007466
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Online Learning across Ethnicity and Age: A Study on Learning Interaction Participation, Perception, and Learning Satisfaction
Ke, Fengfeng; Kwak, Dean
Computers & Education, v61 p43-51 Feb 2013
This mixed-method study examined whether online learning interaction participation, perception, and learning satisfaction would be consistent across varied age and ethnicity groups. Data were collected from students enrolled in 28 online courses via content analysis with online interaction transcripts, structural equation modeling with the learning-experience survey responses, and interviewing. The interaction-transcript analysis did not indicate a significant advantage or disadvantage in terms of the quality and quantity of online interaction participation for students of non-traditional age or minority status. However, the structural equation modeling of the survey results indicated that students' minority status was associated with more favorable perception of the learner-to-instructor interaction but lower satisfaction with the web-based distance education. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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